Calgary Selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Calgary has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of the Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages. 

As one of the 14 communities across Canada, Calgary will receive funding to create programs in support of French speaking newcomers so that they feel welcomed and integrated into Francophone minority communities.

This initiative of $2.6 million over 3 years was announced in Budget 2018 to support the integration and retention of French-speaking newcomers in Canada.

The Francophone Welcoming Communities initiative is a pilot project co-led by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Francophone communities across Canada. The government plans to announce the remaining 13 communities in the corresponding regions.

The Government of Canada has taken a number of steps since November 2018 to increase the entry and support of French-speaking candidates to Canada as part of the Francophone Immigration Strategy.

You can find out more information on the Francophone Immigration Strategy by visiting the IRCC page.